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America’s Islamic Past?

June 22, 2011


When we were in Palestine a couple of months ago, I remember how astonished people were to find out that there was such a thing as indigenous American Muslims. For some reason, there’s a misconception running amuck overseas that all American Muslims are converts and need to be quizzed on their knowledge of certain surahs […]

Reflections on International Women’s Day..and Muslim women who have inspired me

March 8, 2011


Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a day globally designated for recognizing the accomplishments of women, past and present. Women have been devalued in so many ways across so many cultures throughout time that this day is a great way to bring some of the forgotten stories of noble women upfront and […]

Reflections on Presidents’ Day…and what our founding fathers really thought about Islam

February 21, 2011


Today is the third Monday of February, which means it’s President’s Day, originally a celebration of George Washington’s birthday that turned into a day for all the presidents….and shopping for sales. So, usually, I don’t pay this “holiday” any mind because it’s never meant anything to me except a day off from school. And I’ve […]

Marhaba Dhul-Hijjah!

November 7, 2010


Hajj season is upon us as today starts the first day of the ten holiest days of any month in the year. It is Dhul Hijjah, a time for us to intensify our worship. Though much emphasis is put on Ramadan, its last ten days, and its Eid, there aren’t any days more blessed than […]

Ramadan al-Mubarak

August 5, 2010


It was Ramadan and he (saws) was 40 years old–it was 610 CE. He was approaching the Cave of Hira (where Mecca’s hunafa often retreated). He would be in seclusion…the cave was so small that two people scarce fit.  He could see the Ka’aba down below him from the mouth of the cave.  He would […]

Oh Blessed Night…of the Miraculous Journey

July 8, 2010


Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things). (Surah Al ‘Isra 17:1) It was the […]

Salahuddin on July 4th

July 4, 2010


On this day, July the 4th, in 1187, which was later to become America’s Independence Day and the day of my marriage anniversary, Salahuddin Ayyubi (ra) recaptured Jerusalem. It was called the Battle of Hattin, and it was the time of the Crusades. Salahuddin was vizier-sultan-caliph of Egypt, and he then extended his rule to […]